As of this week, you have missed the end of support date for Windows Server 2003. This means that if you are still running on this Operating System (OS), you will no longer receive manufacturer support. Also, your IT department or provider will no longer be able to patch this system as Microsoft will not offer ongoing maintenance. Basically, it has been retired, and your business is at risk unless you plan your migration ASAP.
If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your data center, there are several issues that can be caused by running a legacy system such as this, including security vulnerabilities, non-compliance, lack of new software compatibility and the high potential for downtime to name a few. Even if you don’t think you have the budget for the migration at this time, we are here to tell you that any one of these issues caused by running this old system can cost you much more!
We don’t want to scare you, but it’s time to take a look at your options. Your world will not end today if you are still running on the old OS, but planning a migration now will mitigate your risk for experiencing any of the issues above. Here is what you should do:
- Call a Managed Services provider like CPI Solutions and discuss your migration plan for Windows Server 2003.
- Have the Managed Services provider do an inventory of systems running on the old server and test for application compatibility with the new server.
- Work with them to determine what you need for your migration and plan a timeline.
A reputable Managed Services provider will be able to help you with this and make sure that your new server is up and running and that your business experiences little to no downtime during this transition. If you aren’t sure who to call, why not reach out to us? We’ve already helped other businesses just like yours make this migration. Our expert engineers can ensure your systems make a smooth transition and that your business continues operating at maximum capacity.